Carbon Management Plans submitted!

24th October 2018

Congratulations to the Creative Scotland Regularly Funded Organisations for submitting their Carbon Management Plans. Caro Overy our Carbon Management Planning Officer looks at the plans that have been submitted and the next steps.

Well done!

At the start of October, the vast majority of Creative Scotland’s 121 Regularly Funded Organisations submitted Carbon Management Plans in accordance with their funding requirements. This was the first time Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) were obliged to submit Carbon Management Plans. To the best of our knowledge it’s a world-leading step for an arts funding body to include the need to take action on climate change as part of its funding agreements. The Creative Carbon Scotland team have enjoyed providing support and feedback throughout the development and submission of these. We were impressed with the level of engagement with the process, the enthusiasm for it, and the inspiring ideas coming out of it.

What are the plans?

Often, organisations are working in rented spaces with little control over infrastructure and minimal budgets, so being creative when thinking about carbon reduction is a must! Here are a few examples of some common themes, with more specific examples of how different organisations addressed them.

  • Replacing lighting in offices, venues, galleries and theatres with more energy efficient LED options. One theatre is installing LED stage lighting with an aim to use this for a certain proportion of productions. A gallery is replacing halogen lamps with LED spotlights in a lighting redesign that will improve energy efficiency.
  • Finding lower carbon heating options. Two organisations are switching the fuel used in their heating stoves to more sustainable options. An organisation in a rented office space is installing a timer switch on their electric heater, and a gallery based in a warehouse space aims to decrease its current reliance on fan heaters by installing a heating system over the next 3 years. Two more organisations are installing secondary glazing to reduce the need for heating.
  • Switching to vegetarian catering. One organisation is moving from 50/50 vegetarian catering to entirely vegetarian catering at their events, with others looking to proportionally increase provision of vegetarian options.
  • Reducing the use of catering disposables either through provision of reusable alternatives or through testing the carbon footprint of different options such as biodegradable items. One arts centre is producing branded reusable cups to discourage the use of disposable cups in their café. A creative network is strategically examining how to provide the most sustainable catering disposables for their events.
  • Paper reduction. Some organisations are addressing this in an office setting, while others are moving from paper to online publicity for audiences and participants. One gallery is removing paper information sheets and instead providing downloadable pdfs with laminated versions on request.
  • Reducing the carbon impact of artist and audience travel through prioritisation of active travel, public transport, and car sharing. One RFO is introducing a work from home day every week to reduce the impact of commuting. Another provides bus tickets for workshop participants. An RFO in a rural setting is experimenting with having a pool bike for local meetings.
  • Finding specific low carbon strategies for touring and transportation of artwork and theatre set. One theatre company is eliminating freight emissions through building sets in the two countries where the work will be performed. Another company is reducing the size of its tour vehicle to enable easier access to rural areas and to reduce emissions. A music organisation is optimising the location of their workshops, concerts and events to reduce participant travel emissions.
  • Moving away from fossil fuels. Eight organisations plan to use renewable energy in some way, whether through direct installation of solar panels or wind turbines on a building or on site, or through elimination of fossil fuels in transportation.

At the Green Arts Conference, we’ll be running two Carbon Management workshops sharing some specific stories around the Carbon Management Planning exercise and providing a space for everyone to take their journey further, whether you’ve made a Carbon Management Plan already or just want to find out more.

Creative Scotland: A climate aware and climate active organisation

Creative Carbon Scotland Director Ben Twist is currently providing training to Creative Scotland’s Lead Officers to help Creative Scotland as a whole with their ambition to become a climate aware and climate active organisation. The training covers the basics of climate change, Creative Scotland’s Environmental Plan, and what RFOs have been doing from carbon reporting through to Carbon Management planning, as well as looking at how Lead Officers can work with their RFOs, Creative Carbon Scotland and the wider sector to contribute effectively to carbon reduction.

Creative Carbon Scotland is sharing submitted Carbon Management Plans with Lead Officers to enable them to support organisations with the implementation and keep the conversation going.

What next?

Come along to a Carbon Management sessions at The Green Arts Conference: Culture Change on 7 November in Edinburgh to find out more and meet others taking action on carbon reduction.

Remember you’re always welcome and encouraged to check out our carbon management tools and resources at

Contact Carbon Management Planning Officer Caro Overy on with any questions or feedback regarding carbon management

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